The Northwest England man connected with the proposed North Side golf course development had his jail sentence shortened after appealing a 22-week sentence for beating a 15-year-old girl with a belt and broom, the Liverpool Echo reports.
According to the newspaper, a Liverpool Crown Court judge cut Jason Pickthall’s jail term to 19 days after good behaviour and also lifted a restraining order, protecting the girl, that had been applied by a lower court.
Appellate court Judge Michael Aubrey said, according to the newspaper, “The offence was so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence was justified.
“Nothing can excuse what the appellant did, although the court accepts it was not premeditated. The defendant is a successful businessman and employs a number of persons,” the judge said. “With the greatest of respect to the lower court, we have considerable difficulty in understanding why it was and how it was that the learned district judge considered that it was appropriate to impose the maximum sentence for the offence to which the appellant pleaded guilty.”
The newspaper identifies Mr. Pickthall’s current occupation as “sell[ing] plots of land in the Caribbean’s Cayman Islands”.
Mr. Pickthall is the director of planning for Crown Acquisitions Worldwide, a local Caymanian company that owns some 300 to 400 acres spread out among the three Cayman Islands, including the site of the proposed Dubli Golf & Beach Resort on Rum Point Drive.
Defence attorney David Steer said about Mr. Pickthall, “He is a successful businessman who employs 20 people and the fact that he is not there is a considerable difficulty,” according to the Echo.